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Football Helmet Safety Hits the Hill — National Journal

While the National Football League owners and the players union hash out their labor dispute, health and safety issues within the sport made their way to Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., will hold a news conference on Wednesday to introduce legislation aimed at protecting young players from sports-related brain injuries.

Separately, Reps. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., and Henry Waxman, D-Calif., are requesting a hearing on helmet safety.

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Is TSA Pat-Down Hysteria Pushing Travelers to More-Dangerous Roads? — National Journal

Could it be the TSA pat downs?

Travel this Thanksgiving weekend is expected to rise from past levels, officials said, but more Americans are turning to trains, buses, and automobiles to get away.

That may not be a good thing, an economist says. Although travelers may avoid having a Transportation Security Administration employee touch their junk, they are exposing themselves to the perils of the highway.

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'Pushy New Yorkers' compel House vote on 9/11 bill — National Journal

At the urging of what one aide called 12 "pushy" New York lawmakers, House Democratic leaders plan to bring to the floor Wednesday legislation that would extend health care aid to 9/11 first responders.

Although the bill failed to pass under a suspension of the rules in July, its supporters believe they have the votes to approve the measure under regular order and will be able to beat back any "poison-pill" amendments designed to kill the measure.

One House leadership aide on Tuesday explained the vote's timing -- on what many believe will be the last day for floor action before the Nov. 2 elections -- as the result of "12 pushy New Yorkers," who are the bill's most vocal advocates.

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